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Doctor of Medicine

Overview

Prepare yourself for a challenging and rewarding profession as a medical doctor. Gain the hands-on experience, advanced skills and knowledge to help you graduate ready for a successful career.

Studying at UQ, you'll be part of an outstanding medical community. You'll gain a world-class, hands-on education that enables you to become an exceptional doctor capable of working in any global setting. Our program allows you to tailor your learning and develop the skills you need to advance the health and wellbeing of all.

From 2023, we will be offering our new Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. You can apply for this 4-year, full-time graduate program through the provisional entry pathway or as a graduate entrant.

We nurture and educate future medical graduates who are clinically excellent, team players, kind and compassionate, serve responsibly and are dedicated to the continual improvement of the health of people and communities in Queensland, Australia and across the globe.

The program has been designed to capture and build on the enthusiasm, maturity and diversity of our graduate entrants. It features a streamlined, cohesive structure that takes an integrated approach to active learning.

The MD program is built around 6 key themes:

  • Safe and Effective Clinician
  • Critical Thinker, Scientist and Scholar
  • Advocate for Health Improvement
  • Dynamic Learner and Educator
  • Kind and Compassionate Professional
  • Partner and Team Player.

As a student, you'll join a 'learning community' during your first year. Each community brings together different clinical partners and provides a clinical home for early, meaningful clinical experiences as well as your ongoing learning through the program.

Build your own unique medical degree through a range of student choices and enrichment opportunities. During your final semester of study, you'll benefit from a dedicated transition to practice term – this will help you make the safe and effective transition to internship/residency and your ongoing successful medical career.

Your 4-year medical journey begins with the foundations of medicine, learning fundamental concepts of medical sciences, clinical and professional skills and the role of the doctor and the health system. Year 2 concentrates on developing the knowledge and skills required for medical practice, focusing on the pathophysiology of common conditions. Almost half your learning opportunities will be in clinical settings in year 2. From year 3 onwards, you'll be immersed in various clinical environments – both in the hospital and the community. Your learning will be grounded in the clinical 'workplace' setting, supported by structured teaching and learning activities. This clinical immersion will culminate in a ‘transition to practice semester’ in year 4, which focuses on providing you with the opportunity to be an active pre-intern member of a clinical team.

USA citizen or permanent resident? You may be interested in our Doctor of Medicine (Ochsner) program, which provides students with an opportunity to spend 2 years in Brisbane, Australia and 2 years in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more

Location
Herston, Clinical Units, Teaching Hosps, Herston
Duration
4 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (30 Jan, 2023)
Program Code
5740
AQF
Level 9
Location
Herston, Clinical Units, Teaching Hosps, Herston
Fees
A$85024 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (30 Jan, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5740
CRICOS Code
080921G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Develop the advanced critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills required for safe, high-quality clinical practice.
  • Build your own unique medical degree.
  • Integrated, clinically-contextualised learning with early patient contact.
  • Incorporate research into your medical degree.
  • Accredited by the Australian Medical Council and recognised by the Medical Board of Australia.

2 in Australia for public health

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

31 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Peer-assisted study sessions
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Foundations of Medicine
  • Developing Skills in Medicine
  • Clinical Immersion
  • Advanced Practice
  • Transition to Practice

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • General practitioner
  • Surgeon
  • Patient assessor
  • Public health manager
  • Clinical academic
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • International aid worker
  • Defence force member

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Medical Board of Queensland

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Medicine is accredited by:

  • Australian Medical Council

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

For provisional entry (you must be completing Year 12 in the year you apply):
Your UCAT ANZ score is used to rank applicants for invitation to interview (MMI). Provisional entry is competitive and is based on your ATAR, UCAT ANZ and interview score.See Additional application information below.

For graduate entry:
You'll also need to complete:
  • your key degree within 10 years prior to the year you commence the MD, and
  • the GAMSAT within 2 years before the year you commence, and
  • the MCAT within 4 years before the year you commence.
Learn more about the graduate entry admissions process.

For the Regional Medical Pathway via Central Queensland University:Domestic Year 12 students (who are CSP eligible) may be considered for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathway to Medicine) offered by Central Queensland University (CQUni) at their Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses. Learn more about the Central Queensland Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway admissions process for provisional or graduate entry.
For provisional entry (you must be completing Year 12 in the year you apply):
Your UCAT ANZ score is used to rank applicants for invitation to interview (MMI). Provisional entry is competitive and is based on your ATAR, UCAT ANZ and interview score.See Additional application information below.

For graduate entry:
You'll also need to complete:
  • your key degree within 10 years prior to the year you commence the MD, and
  • the GAMSAT within 2 years before the year you commence, and
  • the MCAT within 4 years before the year you commence.
Learn more about the graduate entry admissions process.

For the Regional Medical Pathway via Central Queensland University:Domestic Year 12 students (who are CSP eligible) may be considered for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathway to Medicine) offered by Central Queensland University (CQUni) at their Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses. Learn more about the Central Queensland Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway admissions process for provisional or graduate entry.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Medicine are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Additional application information

If you receive a provisional entry offer, you'll need to complete your first bachelor's degree at UQ before you start the MD program.

To progress to the MD, you'll also need:

  • to complete your first degree at UQ within the minimum time specified for the program, and
  • to achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your first degree, and
  • to complete the required MD subject prerequisite courses.

See our recommended bachelor degrees and learn more about the provisional entry admissions process.

This program has inherent requirements which must be met prior to undertaking placement.

 

Additional application information

If you receive a provisional entry offer, you'll need to complete your first bachelor's degree at UQ before you start the MD program.

To progress to the MD, you'll also need:

  • to complete your first degree at UQ within the minimum time specified for the program, and
  • to achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your first degree, and
  • to complete the required MD subject prerequisite courses.

See our recommended bachelor degrees and learn more about the provisional entry admissions process.

This program has inherent requirements which must be met prior to undertaking placement.

 

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Fee information for 2023 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2022.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $85,024

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $130 renewed every 3 years)

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Provisional Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia. 

The QTAC code for the Doctor of Medicine is 721302.

All other international applicants who want to be considered for Provisional Entry should apply to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5740.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Direct Entry applicants

Submit your application to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5740.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are. 

Provisional Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). 

There are two QTAC codes for Provisional Entry:

  • 721302 (non-bonded medical place) and
  • 721402 (bonded medical place).

You can use one or both QTAC codes when you apply.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Regional medical pathway applicants

If you're interested in applying for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathway to Medicine), offered at Central Queensland University's (CQU) Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses before transitioning to UQ's MD program, you can apply via CQU.

Direct Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Important dates

Submit your application by:

  • 10 June 2022 to be considered for interviews on 22 and 23 July 2022
    If you're sitting the MCAT on 13 or 14 May 2022, you can still apply. You'll need to provide evidence of your MCAT booking confirmation. We'll consider your application once results are released on 14 June 2022.
  • 15 July 2022 to be considered for interviews on 27 August 2022
    If you're sitting the MCAT on 17 or 18 June 2022, you can still apply. You'll need to provide evidence of your MCAT booking confirmation. We'll consider your application once results are released on 19 July 2022.
  • 12 August 2022 to be considered for an interview on 24 and 26 September 2022
    If you're sitting the MCAT on 16 July 2022, you can still apply. You'll need to provide evidence of your MCAT booking confirmation. We'll consider your application once results are released on 16 August 2022.

We'll email invitations to interview to applicants 3 to 4 weeks prior to the MMI dates. For interviews due to be held on 24 and 26 September 2022, we'll email invitations in the week beginning 29 August 2022.

It's your responsibility to provide the correct email address and check all inboxes (including junk and spam folders). Booking due dates for interviews won't be extended if you miss your invite.

Important dates

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